The online payments company PayPal announced that it is cancelling plans to open an office in Charlotte, North Carolina because the state’s so-called “bathroom law” “violates PayPal values.” Dan Schulman, PayPal’s president and chief executive, wrote in a statement this week:
“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture. As a result, PayPal will not move forward with our planned expansion into Charlotte.”
My many knee-jerk progressive Facebook friends immediately slapped their seal-flippers together and barked their approval in unison. “I (heart) PayPal!” more than one wrote. “PayPal is my hero!” wrote others.
Never mind that a corporation has no business using financial muscle to exercise extra-legal vetoes over legislation in states where it is not a citizen and where the actual citizens, in their legal exercise of their rights, have elected representatives who duly passed it. This cheering on excessive and abusive influence on governance by big corporations is especially hypocritical coming from supporters of Bernie and Hillary, who regularly claim that allowing companies the right to engage in political speech magically robs voters of their ability to reason and causes all to vote, zombie-like, according to corporate America’s will.
This is why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are leading…wait, that doesn’t make sense, does it? Actually none of the popular and media attacks on Citizens United are grounded in reality, law, or comprehension of the Constitution, and virtually none of the indignant opponents of the decision have read it or listened to the revealing oral argument. But I digress. The point is that the progressives endorse the practice of corporations using their power to warp the system in directions progressives like, but believe that this—this meaning bullying, threats and coercion— is the only form of influence that should be allowed—certainly not speech and advocacy.
That is just half of what makes the cheering for PayPal foolish and cynical. For PayPal is playing these people like a harpsichord, and indulging in outrageous, hypocritical grandstanding. Moving an office into North Carolina where the bathroom privileges of trans citizens are being restricted “violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” but somehow…
PayPal partnered with a Middle East payment company, Network International, to open an office in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Being gay is a crime there, and penalty for those convicted of being gay or performing gay sex is death.
PayPal has offices in Moscow, where LGBT teens have been ambushed and humiliated by vigilante mobs, and where supporters of gay charities have been blinded and beaten with baseball bats. Last Fall, a law that would require local police forces to kidnap the children of gay parents nearly passed. All of Russia is pervaded by homophobia.
PayPal has a regional headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey, where 89 percent of trans women who have been detained had been assaulted. Trans women are frequently murdered by strangers, and often mutilated. The murder of homosexuals in honor killings is widespread. LGBT organizations and websites are under constant attack, and Amnesty International has reported that homophobia is prevalent at all levels of society.
PayPal has an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Human Rights Watch reports “that transgender persons face arbitrary arrest, physical and sexual assault, imprisonment, discriminatory denial of health care and employment, and other abuses.”
Let us also chastise most news sources which reported PayPal’s false piety without pointing out this stunning hypocrisy.
To summarize, PayPal only sets out to bully governments in its own country, because it thinks this grandstanding for LGBT rights will have business benefits. It couldn’t care less about the abuse of LGBT individuals, because it happily does business in cultures that treat them like animals, criminals and dirt.
Let me hear that applause!
Source: Rick Moran